UNITED NATIONS - France will soon begin consultations at the United Nations on a new Security Council resolution aimed at reviving Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday.  “If we want to have a two-state solution and if we want to avoid a complete crash, we must go in the same direction,” he told reporters at the United Nations. “I hope the partners who were reluctant will not be reluctant.” Fabius declined to say how soon France would bring up a draft measure before the Council.

But he said France would consult with other Council members “in the coming days” over a framework for negotiations. Doing so is likely to put pressure on the White House to act.

But an American official said, “We’re not going to get ahead of any decisions about what the United States would do with regard to potential action at the U.N. Security Council. We continue to engage with key stakeholders, including the French, to find a way forward that advances the interest we and others share in a two-state solution.”

France circulated a draft late in 2014 that would have laid out what are known as parameters for talks between the two sides in the Middle East conflict, and would have set a deadline for completing the talks. The Obama administration was reluctant to support that draft, especially with a general election in Israel approaching.

Since then, the White House has signaled publicly that it could re-evaluate its position, especially in light of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election victory, won partly on the strength of hard-line rhetoric. Even so, the administration has said it will not make a decision until after Netanyahu forms his new coalition government, a stance that suggested that Washington was in no mood to rush into a Security Council measure that it could not control.

Asked whether France would resume work on a resolution as soon as the Israeli government is formed,

Fabius said, “We shall work in that direction, yes - our aim is to be efficient.”

He noted that construction of Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories had continued since France’s earlier effort at a resolution last fall, and said, “There has to be a discussion, negotiation - it has to be backed by an international effort.”

The foreign minister is serving as president of a Security Council session on Friday concerning the protection of religious minorities in the Middle East. After that, he flies to Lausanne, Switzerland, for the resumption of nuclear talks with Iran, which have been newly complicated by the conflict in Yemen.